Baby Hat to knit: how to knit a baby hat, baby hat pattern free!

This baby hat knitting pattern is free! This pattern makes a hat sized 6-12 months, and thanks to a nice wide ribbed edge, is super stretchy and will allow extended use before baby outgrows it.

Gifting someone a baby hat is a great new baby gift!

Practical and meaningful, it’s sure to bring a smile to the recipient’s face.

This hat was made in honor of the impending birth of my unborn nephew.

I prefer to give new baby gifts in sizes larger than newborn.

Firstly, my husband’s family seems to have the “big baby” gene, most babies being born close to 10lbs.

Secondly, everyone seems to give gifts in the newborn size, leaving the parents with not much in larger sizes for their new little one.

Lastly, it’s much easier to get extended use from an article of clothing that’s a tad too large, as opposed to something that’s on the small side.

So, this hat is sized approximately 6-12 months.

Circular needles are used, so there is no sewing seams at the end.

The ribbing is extra thick, giving the hat plenty of stretch and grip! (very helpful in a baby hat!)

And of course, there’s a cute pointed tip at the top, adding some sweet character to the baby hat.

And now — let’s get right to it!

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Supplies Needed

Stitches Used

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • SSK — Slip Slip Knit, a decrease stitch
  • K2TOG — Knit Two Together, a decrease stitch

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Step 1: Ribbing and Bottom of Baby Hat

First we will work on the ribbing, and shaping the bottom of the baby hat.

Taking our 3.0mm circular knitting needles, cast on 93 stitches and slip to join (leaving 92 stitches on your needles).

Divide those stitches evenly onto your two needles46 stitches on each needle.

Place your stitch marker, and move it with each new round.

Rounds 1 – 16: (K2 P2) repeat to end.

Rounds 17 – 34: Knit

Step 2: Shape the top of the baby hat

Next, we’ll start shaping the top of the hat.

Round 35: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (88 stitches left on needles)

Round 36: Knit

Round 37: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (84 stitches left on needles)

Round 38: Knit

Round 39: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (80 stitches left on needles)

Round 40: Knit

Round 41: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (76 stitches left on needles)

Round 42: Knit

Round 43: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (72 stitches left on needles)

Round 44: Knit

Round 45: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (68 stitches left on needles)

Round 46: Knit

Round 47: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (64 stitches left on needles)

Round 48: Knit

Round 49: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (60 stitches left on needles)

Round 50: Knit

Round 51: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (56 stitches left on needles)

Round 52: Knit

Round 53: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (52 stitches left on needles)

Round 54: Knit

Round 55: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (48 stitches left on needles)

Round 56: Knit

Round 57: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (44 stitches left on needles)

Round 58: Knit

Round 59: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (40 stitches left on needles)

Round 60: Knit

Round 61: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (36 stitches left on needles)

Round 62: Knit

Round 63: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (32 stitches left on needles)

Round 64: Knit

Round 65: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (28 stitches left on needles)

Round 66: Knit

Round 67: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (24 stitches left on needles)

Round 68: Knit

Round 69: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (20 stitches left on needles)

Round 70: Knit

Round 71: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (16 stitches left on needles)

Round 72: Knit

Round 73: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (12 stitches left on needles)

Round 74: Knit

Round 75: Knit 1, SSK, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, Knit 1. Repeat on second needle. (8 stitches left on needles)

Round 76: Knit

Round 77: SSK, K2TOG. Repeat on second needle. (4 stitches left on needles)

Round 78: Knit

Round 79: K2TOG, K2TOG. (2 stitches left on needles)

Round 80: Move last 2 stitches to one needle, K2TOG. Break yarn, secure, and weave in all ends.

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I hope you enjoyed this free knitting pattern!

Hopefully this hat will bring joy to a loved one — and to their most precious little loved one!

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